Patty Loveless, Tanya Tucker, and Bob McDill will be the Country Music Hall Of Fame’ss 2023 inductees. The Country Music Association announced the inductees Monday (4/3). Their induction will raise the total number of members to 152.
Loveless and Tucker were selected for the annual “Modern Era Artist” and “Veteran Era Artist” categories. McDill was chosen in the “Songwriter” category.
Tanya Tucker talked to The Tennessean about her long-awaited inclusion into the Country Music Hall Of Fame. “Everybody’s been loudly b—-ing about me not being in the Hall of Fame. So many people have wanted me to get in – Bobby Bare, Alabama’s Randy Owen and Marty Stuart (“he’s been my biggest campaigner”). They have not allowed me to go away. That means they’ve loved my contributions and spirit – which makes me feel honored.”
She added, “I wish my daddy would be there.” (Beau Tucker died on November 23, 2006).
Patty Loveless also spoke to The Tennessean. “Seeing this little girl from 14 years old, looking back and thinking my gosh, I’m going to be in the Country Music Hall of Fame. I wanna cry about it, to tell you the truth. It brings back so many wonderful memories for me.”
Loveless added, “I was always influenced early, early on by Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline, Connie Smith. And then Linda Ronstadt came along. I incorporated that into some of the country music I was doing.”
She added, “I very much was influenced at a very, very young age, listening to all the music my parents listened to.”
Earlier this month, The Country Music Association announced the first details of its 50th anniversary of CMA Fest, including the lineup for shows at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium. CMA Fest returns to downtown Nashville Thursday through Sunday, June 8-11, 2023, with many superstars on the bill for the main stage.
That Nissan Stadium performance list includes Jason Aldean, Jimmie Allen, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, and Jordan Davis. As well as HARDY, Tyler Hubbard, Cody Johnson, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Ashley McBryde, Tim McGraw, Old Dominion, Jon Pardi, Carly Pearce, Keith Urban, and Lainey Wilson.